I think selfkill is often used in games and suicide in real life. Is that correct?

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    suicides are intentional, selfkills may also be accidental
    – Nico
    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:46
  • @Nico I think self-kills are always accidental. If you're intentionally killing yourself then it's considered a suicide since it was pre-planned. But if you kill yourself from something unintentional, then it's called a self-kill. I can only think of a few places where self-kills and suicides have gray areas, and that's when you don't know about a potential way to suicide. So if CTRL+SHIFT+S always kills your avatar, but you don't know that and you use that command, you suicide technically, but in your eyes it's more of a self kill.
    – Ice-9
    Mar 4, 2014 at 18:42

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Suicide is killing oneself intentionally.

Selfkill is only in use as slang in computer games. As well as controller ochestrated avatar death, it also includes instances where your avatar dies accidentally, e.g. falling to its death due to a misstep or rocket jumping with too little health.

Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage list self-killing (notice the hyphen) as synonymous with suicide. (So legally they are the same thing.)

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